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Revelation 18:11-24

"The Worship of Money." That might be a good subtitle for Revelation 18:14-24 because having money and material things is a focus, a priority, a goal in this time of "Babylon" during the Tribulation period. Hmmm...sound familiar? I couldn't help but think about how similar things are in the here and now to what we're reading here, especially in places like North America. Think about it. For the most part, we idolize wealth, money and having things. Now I have to tell you, that as I read and considered this passage, I was convicted. But that was a good thing because it made me stop and think about my thoughts and practices and just how easy it is for us to slip into a mindset of thinking that money somehow equals security or success. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we shouldn't have money in the bank or a good retirement fund or a nice house. Those things just shouldn't be our primary focus and goal.

So what are some things we can do to make sure that our ideas and actions concerning money are in their proper place in our lives? And, since God is the provider of all we have, what can we do with our resources to further His work--in our families, churches, neighborhoods, around the world? Tami W.

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Two thoughts:

1)Money that comes into my hands is God's tool to be used to bring others to Himself and bring glory and honor to Him by making Him known in Word and deed...the tithe and offerings. I am a steward...it is all God's money.

2)The remainder God gives permission for me to use to meet the needs of my family in a careful, prayerful manner...but always holding it loosely.

I agree wholeheartedly with your comments and insight, Tami. Money is at the root of the problems of this world. I was also introduced to what it talks about in verse 23 by a doctor whose insights were rather frightening, things that shed a whole new light on this verse, especially when relating it to other parts of Scripture.

I'm looking forward to hearing what Woodrow Kroll has to say about it.

That's where the rubber meets the road...James said faith without works is dead. Oh Lord help us take the action to love and help others so our lives will be transformed and grow into the likeness of Jesus Christ.Help us to be good stewards of all you give us. Let us be in communion with you every minute.Open the hearts of the blind.Thank you for forgiving our sin and making the Way to The Father. For we cannot do it on our own. Praise Your Holy Name.

If God has blessed us with much or little we must be good stewards. It is surprising what a meal, clothing or shoes can do for someone who has nothing. If all the very wealthy shared in a constructive way with the "have nots" then this world would be a better place. Their gift should not be a hand-out but something that will help the persons to become sustainable and not dependent on hand-outs. So we should not accumulate wealth, but instead share because we will not be able to take it with us anyway when we pass from this earth. We should live as God has asked of us then we can have life eternal.

TAMI
YOUR QUESTION "And, since God is the provider of all we have, what can we do with our resources to further His work--in our families, churches, neighborhoods, around the world?", IS MOST APPROPRIATE.

WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT GOD IS THE PROVIDER OF ALL THAT WE HAVE AS WE CAME INTO THIS WORLD WITH NOTHING MATERIAL AND WE WILL CERTAINLY LEAVE THIS WORLD WITH NOTHING MATERIAL.

GOD HAS MADE ENOUGH RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THIS WORLD TO MAKE EVERYBODY RICH. BY RICH, I DO NOT MEAN THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE A CAR, A LUXURIOUS HOUSE AND BE ABLE TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE EVERY DAY. I MEAN THAT EVERYONE COULD HAVE AN ADEQUATE SHELTER AGAINST THE THE RAIN, SUN, WIND AND SNOW. EVERYONE COULD HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE WALKING SHOES OR TRANSPORTATION WHERE THE DISTANCE IS FAR. EVERYONE COULD HAVE ADEQUATE MEALS AND SO MINIMIZE WASTAGE AND SPOILAGE.

HOWEVER THE LOVE OF MONEY IS USED BY THE ENEMY TO ENSURE THAT OUR SELFISH NATURE SEEKS FOR US TO HAVE MORE AND BETTER THAN OUR NEIGHBORS.

TITHING, I BELIEVE IS JUST AN EXAMPLE THAT GOD GAVE US TO REINFORCE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOTHING MATERIAL AND SO SHOULD GIVE BACK SOME OF WHAT WE GET FROM HIM. (THIS SHOWS GRATEFULNESS). WE CAN DO MORE FOR OTHERS THAN JUST TITHE IF WE ASK FOR DISCERNMENT AND THE DIRECTION OF GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT TO MEET OR ASSIST IN MEETING THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL

I just read today's passage and even though money is part of it, what really stood out to me were two other things. First, the sexual immorality and second, the swift destruction in an hour. I think it's vital to note that sexual immorality and money do often go together, and it's no surprise that it's here in the scripture. And as I read through this chapter, it would be very easy to put America in the place of Babylon because all the sins are the same. Verses 3 -7 I think are very poignant. And verse 5 especially hit me because I can't remember ever reading this (even though I have) "....her sins are heaped high as heaven and God has remembered her iniquities." Very sobering. Makes me remember the holiness of the Lord and also that I am but dust. Also reminds me to repent and confess my sins so that I am forgiven. And yet, it seems like there are so few calls for that today in our churches.

Great comments everyone. I learned from all of them. I think I said it last time, but I still feel keeping things simple is important. First, we give to God what belongs to God. Second, we take care of our (and our family) basic needs, and lastly help out others who need truly it. Our world would be a much better place if we all did this.

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